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When you leave everything familiar behind so you can live in an RV and travel the country, you want to at least know that you’re still safe and sound. Here are 6 tips that we practice to keep safe on the road.

1. Install a security System (SimpliSafe)

“SimpliSafe on. Home.” (IYKYK)

No sound is sweeter than the sound of protection.

Moving from a house to a camper is overwhelming, and once it sinks in that you’ll frequently be sleeping in new, unfamiliar territories, it can be a bit scary.

When we first hit the road, we didn’t take our SimpliSafe system. We thought it’d be too big for the space we had so we left it behind. After about a week of sleepless nights without our SimpliSafe, we found a breakaway alarm on Amazon. We used this $11 breakaway alarm for our first 9 months on the road, and it truly did give us some extra peace of mind (in addition to the hatchet, taser, pepper spray, knives, gun, and mace we had on hand.)

After the breakaway alarm, we tried Wyze. We quickly realized that all we wanted was our SimpliSafe back. We had our family ship it to us and we’ve been safe and sound ever since.

A security system like SimpliSafe can provide peace of mind while traveling. With window and door sensors, a key fob to trip the alarm from bed, indoor and outdoor cameras, and motion sensors, you can keep your RV safe and sound.

Is it overkill for a 24′ box? Maybe. But we like it 😎

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2. use a Spotter for Bathroom Breaks

To be clear, we don’t spot each OTHER when we take bathroom breaks – we stand guard outside the camper door.

Traveling on the road full-time means stopping in a lot of unfamiliar places. You can typically tell when you’re in a safe location, but you can’t always tell.

When stopping in unfamiliar locations, we designate a spotter to stay outside the RV or at least look out the windows while the other uses the bathroom or makes a quick meal. That means not looking down scrolling on our phones, but screening our surroundings and keeping our heads on a swivel.

While most of our bathroom break experiences have been benign and uneventful, we had one bathroom break that was exactly the kind of situation we stay on high alert for.

3. Avoid Posting Your Location on Social Media

We’d love to believe in a world where everybody cheers you on and never does weird shit, but here we are – in the real world, where you always have to be aware of what you post on social media.

To stay safe online, we never post our exact campground location while we’re visiting, or talk about where we’re going next. We take lots of fun pictures but we wait to post until after we’ve left that area.

This one is pretty simple – there are some creepos out there and the last thing you want to deal with when you’re figuring out life on the road is people trying to track you down. Trust us, it’s happened.

 4. Don’t Walk Close to Cars, Bushes, or Houses

We’re probably starting to sound overly suspicious at this point, but as recently as a week ago, a woman was snatched into a nearby vehicle while on her morning run. We try our best to balance living in fear and living smart – this one is just a sad reality. Women are kidnapped all the time.

Remember, one of the tradeoffs of getting to explore new places is that you don’t know your surroundings or what areas are “good” and “bad” areas in town. So we’d rather be safe than dead.

When walking near parked cars, bushes, trees, or houses, we keep a safe distance to avoid any suspicious activity. Walk at least 10 ft. away from parked cars and avoid walking too close to shrubs or houses where someone could be hiding. That way, if someone were to appear, we could get a head start. Or engage our mace, siren, whistle, or knife that we carry with us on walks 🙃

We don’t say that to scare you, but we’d rather over prepare you to be aware of your surroundings than have anything happen to you. 

5. Use all your senses

This one may sound strange, but this has happened SO many times in our travels 👉  I don’t see anybody, but I smell cigarette smoke or strong cologne.

Where’s it coming from? I can’t see them but can they see me?

This queues my eyes to scan and my ears to listen until I can physically see the person smoking (or smelling good) and look them in the eyes. That means if I’m listening to a podcast or music, it gets paused and one headphone is removed until I spot them and they know I saw them.

Paying attention to my scent has clued me into someone’s presence long before I can see them, which has resulted in a better outcome for both them and me. If I were taken off guard with someone suddenly appearing, who knows what I’d do 🤷🏻‍♀️

6. Listen to Your Intuition

If something doesn’t feel right, listen; always trust your instincts. If something doesn’t feel right, leave the area immediately.

We’ve pulled into a campground before, had major intuition red flags go off inside, and turned right back around and found somewhere else to stay. We’re not willing to put ourselves in an unsafe situation just to avoid an awkward conversation. (In this case, it was having to tell the campground that we needed the packages we had sent there ahead of time but wouldn’t be staying with them because their campground was super sus.)

You literally have your home with you…and it’s on wheels. If you don’t feel safe, keep driving.

In closing, please always be aware of your surroundings. Women and those in the LGBTQ+ community are always at higher risk. We’d rather be vigilant than have something terrible happen to us or any of you.

By following these six essential RV safety tips, you can help ensure that your travels are safe and enjoyable. Stay safe out there, and always look out for each other.

Any other tips we missed?